CHRISTIANS should endeavour, as the Apostle Paul commands them, to
live peaceably with all men (Romans; c. 12, v. 18), even with those of
a different religious persuasion.
Our SAVIOUR. CHRIST, commanded his Disciples to love one another.
He taught them to love even their enemies, to bless those that cursed
them, and to pray for. those who persecuted them. He himself prayed
for his murderers.
Many Men hold erroneous doctrines; but we ought not to hate or
persecute them. We ought to bold fast what we are convinced is the
truth ; but not to treat harshly those who are in error. JESUS CHRIST
did not intend his Religion to be forced on men by violent means. He
would not allow his Disciples to fight for him.
If any persons treat us unkindly, we must not do the same to them;
for Christ and His Apostles have taught us not to return evil for
evil. If we would obey CHRIST, we must do to others, not as they do to
us, but as we would wish them to do to as.
Quarrelling with our neighbours and abusing them, is not the way to
convince them that we are in the right, and they in the wrong. It is
likely to convince them that we have not a Christian spirit.
We ought, by behaving gently and kindly to every one, to show
ourselves followers of CHRIST, who, when he was reviled, reviled not
again. (Peter, c. 2, v. 23.)